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April 25, 2024

Launching the Responsible AI Sandbox

On Monday 22nd April we had a packed house for the launch of our Responsible AI Sandbox, an exciting new development in our work on responsible AI adoption, centring good work in AI governance.

Our Co-Chair, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, welcomed people to The Shard - kindly offered for our use by Warwick Business School. Co-Directors Anna Thomas and Dr Abby Gilbert then presented to those gathered - from regulators, businesses, civil society and professional bodies - why we are so excited to present this new dimension to our work. We then had an excellent panel discussion chaired by Anna Thomas, featuring Sophia Ignatidou (Group Manager for Artificial Intelligence Policy at the Information Commissioner’s Office), Rebecca Thomas (Head of Employment Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission) and Liz Adams (Head of Programme for algorithmic transparency at the Responsible Technology Adoption Unit within the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology) - all representatives from our 'Regulator Plus Forum'.

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IFOW Co-Chair, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
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IFOW Co-Director, Dr Abby Gilbert
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Regulator Plus Panel
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The Sandbox builds on IFOW’s cutting-edge workstreams in the research, development and regulation of AI and automation technologies. It responds to a pressing demand for better AI governance across the private and public sectors and at regional, national and international levels.

We know that the fast pace of AI development can seem overwhelming, and that regulation of AI is around the corner. If you are responsible for driving innovation within your business, the Sandbox can help you adopt AI in a responsible way that supports good work whilst informing better practice and regulation. It uniquely couples support for responsible technology adoption with a panel of UK regulators and professional accreditation bodies. This allows the experiences of businesses to inform practical application of good work-focused AI governance approaches that will make for better regulation.

The Responsible AI Sandbox is designed to complement the Regulator Plus Forum, which includes a range of regulators and those who ‘soft regulate’ behaviours and competencies. IFOW has convened the Regulator Plus Forum to learn from practical applications in the Sandbox and inform the development of future workplace AI governance frameworks, tools, techniques and standards. In turn, this will inform the development of good work-focused, context-sensitive regulation.

To find out more about the Sandbox, and register your interest in working with us, click here.


Kester Brewin


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